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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 5/31/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 5/31/2013)
Genus Cuscuta L.
PlaceOfPublication Sp. P1. 124. 1753
Note TYPE: C. europaea L.
Description Vines without chlorophyll; the stems twining, filiform, yellow or orange or rarely greenish, attached to host plants by haustoria; roots withering and absent from mature plants. Leaves reduced to minute scales. Inflorescences cymose, composed of small whitish flowers; calyx gamosepalous, 5-lobed, the sepals rarely almost free; corolla urceolate or campanulate, the 5 lobes various, usually with basal scale-like appendages inside opposite the stamens, forming a corona; the pollen 3-colpate; ovary 2-locular, locules biovulate, styles 2, distinct or rarely united, terminal, the stigmas capitate to linear. Fruit capsular or circumscissle near the base; the seeds (1-3)-4, smooth or roughened.
Habit Vines
Distribution A genus of 140-150 species of worldwide distribution.
Note The genus is not well represented in Panama, only one species being found.
Reference Yuncker, J. G. Revision of the North American and West Indian species of Cuscuta. Univ. Illinois Biol. Monog. 6: 1-142. 1921. Yuncker, J.G. The genus Cuscuta. Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 18: 113-331. 1932. Cuscuta. N. Amer. Fl., ser. 2. 4: 1-51. 1965.
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